SSHRC news, deadlines, and general information

Mon. Jul. 23, 2018

With an increase to SSHRCs budget in the 2018 federal budget there has never been a better time to think about applying to SSHRC for your research.  If you are thinking about applying and have questions, please feel free to contact Jennifer (Insight Grant, Insight Development Grant, Aid to Scholarly Journals) or Jill (Partnership Engage Grant, Partnership Development Grant, Partnership Grant, Connections, Mitacs) to chat about the process and support we have on campus for you. 

Internally there are a number of successful SSHRC holders who are willing to review your application, sit down and talk to you about the application process, provide tips for preparing the application, etc.  If you are interested in being connected to someone inside – or outside – your department please let us know and we will help facilitate this.  Laura Sokal is our SSHRC Leader on campus and she is here to help you as well. 

Externally, SSHRC has some great resources that I encourage you to read before you start writing your application.  They are all found under the Guidelines and Related Support Material section at the bottom of the Insight Grant information page.  Here you will find guidelines for knowledge mobilization, research training, merit review of Indigenous research, along with others. 

Some internal deadlines to keep in mind for this fall:

Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation—Connection Grants – Monday, August 20th (Jill)

Aid to Scholarly Journals – Monday, August 20th (Jennifer)

Partnership Engage Grants – Monday, August 27th (Jill)

Insight Grant – Monday, September 24th (Jennifer)

Partnership Development Grant – Monday, October 22nd (Jill)

Connection Grant – Monday, October 22nd (Jill)

Partnership Engage Grants - Monday, November 26th (Jill)



News from SSHRC

The following webpages have been updated:


Program Descriptions and Funding Opportunities now live:  Descriptions for SSHRC’s Talent Program, Insight Program, and Connection Program have been updated along with the descriptions and application material for the following funding opportunities: 


New this year:

  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Starting this summer, the granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC) are asking all applicants for funding competitions (grants, scholarships, and fellowships) to self-identify with information on age, gender, Indigenous identity, and status as a member of a visible minority group or person with a disability.  A harmonized self-identification data collection process allows the granting agencies to monitor the equity performance of its programs and design new measures that achieve greater equity, diversity and inclusion in the research enterprise.  Completing the self-identification form will be mandatory, but for each category there is an option for “I prefer not to answer.”  
  • Aid to Scholarly Journals: These grants support Canadian scholarly dissemination by offering a contribution to enable journals to explore innovative activities and defray costs associated with publishing scholarly articles, digital publishing, and journal distribution on Canadian not-for-profit platforms.  The application deadline is September 10, 2018 and the application form will be available mid-July. Applications must be submitted electronically by an eligible administering organization on behalf of the journal.
  • Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation—Connection Grants: The new tri-agency Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation—Connection Grants invites proposals from applicants affiliated with First Nations, Métis and Inuit not-for-profit organizations, as well as with other not-for-profit organizations or Canadian postsecondary institutions in any discipline. The initiative will support short-term targeted interdisciplinary events, outreach activities and position papers to help guide new ways of engaging in research by and with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. This will include holistic, interdisciplinary and distinctions-based approaches that are transformative and contribute to reconciliation. Grants are valued at up to $50,000 for six months, with the possibility of a six-month extension. The deadline for proposals is September 6, 2018.
  • Indigenous Not-for-Profit Organizations Applying for Institutional Eligibility: In response to the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) Report in 2015, and in particular the Call to Action number 65, SSHRC is exploring ways to make it easier for Indigenous not-for-profit organizations with a research mandate to apply for institutional eligibility. For more information, please visit the SSHRC website.
  • Mitacs Accelerate: Applicants working with Canadian businesses and/or eligible not-for-profit organizations are invited to apply for internship co-funding through the Mitacs Accelerate internships program as a component of their project’s training of graduate students and/or postdoctoral researchers. Grant holders in the following funding opportunities are automatically preapproved for Mitacs Accelerate internships: Insight Grants, Partnership Development Grants, Partnership Engage Grants, and Partnership Grants (Stage 2).


Coming Soon:

  • The descriptions and application material for the following funding opportunities will be updated and launched soon:
      • Partnership Grants – Stage 2 (Please note that the deadline has moved up to October 29, 2018)
      • Insight Grants
      • Partnership Development Grants (Please note that the deadline has moved up two weeks to November 15, 2018).
      • Partnership Grants – Stage 1
      • Connection Grants
      • The Sports Participation Research Initiative (Sport Canada is allocating an additional $75,000 in annual funding to the SPRI for the purposes of applied research on Indigenous children and youth sport programming by and with Indigenous peoples and researchers in this area).